Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Mexico Spyware Scandal a Gift for Organized Crime

Mexico Spyware Scandal a Gift for Organized Crime

Jul 20, 2017

Originally published on InsightCrime Written by Patrick Corcoran Recent revelations about the government of Mexico‘s widespread use of spyware to monitor adversaries in the press and the human rights community represent a gift for organized crime. The New York Times first reported in June that Mexican journalists, lawyers, human-rights activists and their...

Tom Engelhardt, Bombing the Rubble

Tom Engelhardt, Bombing the Rubble

Jul 20, 2017

Republished with permission from TomDispatch.com Posted by Tom Engelhardt at 7:19am, July 20, 2017. Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. Empire of Destruction Precision Warfare? Don’t Make Me Laugh By Tom Engelhardt You remember. It was supposed to be twenty-first-century war, American-style: precise beyond imagining; smart bombs; drones capable of...

7 Pundits Who Spread the Myth of Trump’s Working-Class Voter Base

7 Pundits Who Spread the Myth of Trump’s Working-Class Voter Base

Jul 20, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. The media has gotten a few things disastrously wrong about Trump supporters. But a few commentators got things right. By Lauren Kaori Gurley Following Donald Trump’s ascent to the U.S. presidency, both liberal and conservative pundits and commentators have circulated a dangerous myth that the white working-class...

Post-Soviet Russian economic collapse

Post-Soviet Russian economic collapse

Jul 19, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS By Vladimir Popov and Jomo Kwame Sundaram MOSCOW and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 19 2017 (IPS) – Wide-ranging economic reforms following the demise of the Soviet Union at the end of December 1991 mainly resulted in economic collapse in most successor states. By the mid-1990s, output had fallen by about half...

Why Do Cities Become Unaffordable?

Why Do Cities Become Unaffordable?

Jul 17, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Robert J. Shiller NEW HAVEN – Inequality is usually measured by comparing incomes across households within a country. But there is also a different kind of inequality: in the affordability of homes across cities. The impact of this form of inequality is no less worrying. In many of the world’s urban centers, homes are...

Homeless voices from around the world

Homeless voices from around the world

Jul 16, 2017

Originally published on New Internationalist The market is broken. The price of housing is through the roof. Social housing is neglected. In major cities around the globe ordinary people can no longer afford to buy or rent basic accommodation. Incomes stagnate while the gap between the 1 per cent and the rest of us widens. Housing insecurity and homelessness...

Why is neoliberalism back in Latin America?

Why is neoliberalism back in Latin America?

Jul 15, 2017

Even though it is a taboo word to many, neoliberalism is not good or bad in itself. Rather, it is a means to an end. The state is purposefully reduced in its scope of action to a minimum – by way of policies associated with fiscal austerity, financial deregulation, free trade and the privatisation of public…...

What the taking of Mosul means

What the taking of Mosul means

Jul 13, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy PAUL ROGERS 13 July 2017 Victory is declared in Iraq’s second city. But ISIS is undefeated, and the long war continues. Iraq’s prime minister Haider al-Abadi travelled to Mosul on 10 July to announce the city’s final seizure from ISIS. The campaign had begun in October, and was expected to be over...

Is the world really sleepwalking to war? Systems thinking can provide an answer

Is the world really sleepwalking to war? Systems thinking can provide an answer

Jul 13, 2017

Roger Bradbury, Australian National University; Chris Barrie, Australian National University, and Dmitry Brizhinev, Australian National University The idea the world is sleepwalking to war, much like Europe did in the early years of the 20th century, deserves to be taken seriously. One of us (Chris Barrie) set the hares running recently when he said that, as in...

Reforming the International Financial System

Reforming the International Financial System

Jul 13, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Jomo Kwame Sundaram Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 13 2017 (IPS) – When we fail to act on...

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